With E3 2019 just around the corner, I recently been seeing more and more buzz around Square Enix’s next title allegedly called Marvel Avengers. So I wanted to explore how a game like that would work on a GaaS format, which in hindsight makes a lot of sense.
All we know so far allegedly about Square Enix’s Marvel Avengers game is that it will be the defining Avengers gaming experience. An epic action-adventure that combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and four player co-operative gameplay. Or so they say! In those same leaks, the description for this game makes it sound like the game will be a GaaS (games as a service), something similar to games like Destiny. Overwatch or Warframe. This may not be a bad thing, considering Marvel’s Avengers is all about super heroes saving the day. Getting constant updates for new events, adding in those dynamic events, challenging raids and whatever else falls under the GaaS banner, all neatly packaged into a super heroes theme and that would make for pretty solid experience.
Now, I know some gamers are getting fed up with GaaS type of games, as we’re seeing more and more of it, however, this might be the exception to changes things up. According to the leak, Marvel’s Avengers will have some form of hero customization in order to stand out from the crowd, combining powers (I’m not sure what they mean here, probably each hero will have 20 powers), and an ever-expanding world that is constantly under threat.
The latter is simple enough, you can’t be a hero if there’s not threat to the world. However, now I’m curious if there’s going to be options for travel powers. You can’t make a super hero game without travel powers. My guess is that this game will most likely be a full 3D experience so how we will be traversing the world will be important. Very important.
From what I’ve also heard, the game might start with just the original Avengers heroes, so Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Wasp and Hawkeye. Each providing various abilities to give us an idea on how the game will work. If you remember from the first trailer, we saw a broken shield, bruce’s glasses and Iron’s gauntlets all destroyed, so this might be an indication that maybe the Avengers have lost to the new threat and it’s up to the new heroes to save the world. This might be a opportunity to create a model in which they can release new heroes on a bi-monthly basis, ever growing the roster of heroes, ready to join the fight.
Either way I’m looking forward to seeing more of what Square Enix has to offer.